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Jan 16, 2013 2:30pm PST
. they are actually quite accessible for their voters, so barack obama has called upon voters to call their congress people and say that it is important to ban assault weapons, for example. he has done that before -- for example, for the fiscal cliff just a couple of weeks ago. it has worked before. the other way he wants to build up pressure is by organizing this push for new laws, like a campaign with the money, the ads, and the whole machinery he used for his reelection to put more pressure, more power in this push. that is usually not the way to do it, but obviously, the traditional method of just negotiating is not working here. >> this new strategy -- will it have an impact on america's thinking about guns? just how divided the nation on this right now? >> probably the campaign itself, the way he is handling this will not really change people's mind. one thing obviously was the shooting in newtown just because it was so horrific and we could see changes in public opinion. for example, before, there was no majority for the banning of assault weapons, and now there is, all but it is a slight maj
Jan 5, 2013 3:55pm EST
so many thousands of people who love books. barack obama is my 10th book in every four years since 1984 i had the same at the washington post to try to figure out someone who might be president. i started the process of the clinton, turning it into a book. so there's an assumption when i read about her obama in 2008, an assumption by my friends and colleagues that i would immediately launch into a biography of barack obama. i have to say doing it was one of the more difficult decisions i've made in my career and had nothing to do with barack obama. but what i considered the increasingly toxic nature, superficial nature of modern american politics and i wasn't sure i wanted to spend three or four years trying to get the true story and throw that into the mob of this culture, knowing there would be people who could manipulate any fact internet for their political purposes, which to some extent is what happened early on until i refuse to let it happen anymore. in any case, on election night 2008, i decided i had to do this book in the story itself is what destroyed me to it in a way t
Jan 21, 2013 8:30am EST
somebody who organized this whole thing. so that assassination also fueled barack obama, sr.'s frustrations, fueled war of the tribalism that created problems ever since. >> when you talk to folks about barack obama, sr., a term that keeps coming up, and i might, this might be misleading but if you would answer, politically connected and political intrigue. >> well, barack obama, sr. was trained as an economist your both at university of hawaii where he went to undergrad, and at harvard, where he left before he got his ph.d, but did quite a bit of study there. and he was a fairly brilliant macroeconomist. but his rise in all of his movements within the government in nairobi, over the ensuing decades, was filled with political intrigue and frustration. and after just doing five days of interviews in kenya, three in nairobi and to out here, my mind is spinning with all the intrigues that i've heard. i have heard one story after another of the manipulations and death threats, and people losing their jobs because of tribalism, of some other sort of move for power. and barack obama unavoidably w
Jan 22, 2013 5:30am PST
. barack obama gets another chance to change america. >> i will faithfully execute the office -- >> his sweeping view was of a smaller crowd compared to four years ago. >> we have the obligation to shape the debates of wartime with the voices we lift in defense of our most enduring ideas. >> the president used his speech as a kind of a call to action. from climate change to the tax code, he promised reforms. >> our interests compel us to act on those who long for freedom. >> every word was meant to reinforce a progressive agenda. >> our agenda is not clear unless everybody is treated equally under the law. >> the theme of racial and sexual equality was front and center, i think a lot of the second term will be devoted to a lot of other things. >> the president takes one last look noting he will not ever see this again. he will not be the focus of another 9000-person parade. he could barely stop himself from dancing until he got the chance to, for he begins what is expected to be a fierce fight with congress if he hopes to make any additions to his legacy. companybia's state oil is plann
Jan 21, 2013 8:30pm EST
and so she ran away. she left the family when barack obama, the president's father was a very little boy. >> david maraniss his grandparents died in 2006. did president obama ever meet him? >> guest: no, he never met after the 1980's after his grandfather had died. aside from the very early days of his birth but he didn't get back to kenya until both of his grandparents were gone so there's a dramatic difference in that part of the story. >> for barack obama the story how many interviews did you do over the course of the last four years? >> guest: i would say almost 400, and i had a wonderful assistant who helped with some of the leader interviews in the story but i traveled all over the world and so everybody could find in every part of the life of president obama and his parents and grandparents. >> host: barack obama sr. was born in 1936. what was his childhood like? >> guest: from a fairly early age he was dealing with western culture in the british. he was a very smart kid. his father was difficult to get along with and was not often there mostly in the nairobi and he was growing up
Jan 12, 2013 7:30am PST
it as a complement but that's where a lot of this work is done so without president barack obama and his commitment to build america we wouldn't have this success today and it's a global vision but it has an impact on everyone that comes to san francisco and especially those that live in san francisco and makes a great difference in the lives of our friends in chinatown and we celebrate their work too and thank you very much for this very important day. [applause] >> so please check that score for me again nancy. our next speaker was once our mayor -- will always be our mayor, one that has served so well in the senate and now while she has a higher calling she still finds time to remind me "make sure i pay attention to the streets of san francisco" but she has also been a great supporter of not only transportation, but this year she's also said we're going to make sure we protect the cleanest water system this country has, our hetch hetchy. please welcome to the stage senator dianne feinstein. thank you very much for being here. >> thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much mayor lee,
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Jan 28, 2013 8:00pm PST
was this president. >> bill: why is the american president so infatuated with barack obama and hillary clinton? and later, will republicans spearhead reform? we're coming right back. >> he said he could concentrate on the relationship between formal rivals now partners or could concentrate on substance, foreign policy. she'd just testified on the hill spent hours testifying and he didn't think he was going to be able to advance that strism he chose to concentrate on another... >> bill: do you think that was a wise decision? >> well, i'm not terribly interested in their relationship. >> bill: did you know the world was a complicated and dangerous place? >> i suspected it was, yes. >> bill: how about you, miss quinn? did you know how complicated and dangerous it was? >> that is not what i came away with. i came away with the question why would he want to do this and why would he want to do it with hillary. i think probably the worst keep secret in washington is that hillary clinton and the state department do not make policy. tom donnell and national security advisor and his team make the policy
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Jan 28, 2013 11:00pm EST
you talk man to man, you zront a big difference. but i'm sure he voted for barack obama so global warming is his big deal. the environmental stuff. do you believe in global warming? do you think it's being caused by carbons and we're the responsibility for this? >> well, when he drives the prius to the challenger you've got to question a little bit. but you know, what i believe in is clean air and clean water. and a few tour for our kids. i don't believe my ford f 250 is causing global warming. i might get a lot of flak for that. we can't tax ourselves so no. i'm not a believer but i want to make sure we're still doing the right thing going forward. i just don't like scaring kids telling them we're cooking our self autos. >> bill: so you're not buying into the fact the human population has depleted the ease yon. but you said something interesting. you said your father drives a prius to the challenger which is a private jet. >> bill: his take that he owns a lot of trees so his carbon foot print is minimal. >> bill: sounds like a ratio rationation to me. >> whit comes down to it we
Jan 22, 2013 12:00am PST
or a button or something that had a picture of obama and came on it. so many people saw barack obama then and today, many people still see him as the fulfillment of dr. king's dream. i never liked that phrase. i think he is a good down payment, but he is not the fulfillment of it. i raise that only ask, particularly inside of black america, what you think of the journey the president has had to walk so far, being paralleled in the black community to dr. king. there is a bust he has of dr. king sitting in the oval office. even he is aware of that relationship. talk about how he has walked the line of the king legacy. >> i think that we have to give him credit for trying to do the things that he can do in a race- neutral way. the passage of the health reform bill is enormously important for poor people in this country. some of the job stimulus programs, some of the money that was put into reforming the education system, these are things that are going to help all americans. i do not think that they should be underestimated in terms of importance simply because there were not targeted s
Jan 27, 2013 11:30am EST
for netanyahu but barack obama on this issue. the supreme leader under the pressure of sanctions will decide to accept meaningful curbs on his nuclear program, or the president is going to have to decide. what does he do about a program that is approaching nuclear weapons threshold? >> if we look at the nomination and likely confirmation of a new secretary of state john kerry and chuck hagel at defense however problematic that confirmation hearing goes, what do you think the president is saying with this new national security team about what he wants to accomplish in the world in a second term? >> well, i think in the case of senator hagel, i think he will be confirmed. i think the choice there fits very well with what the president said in his inaugural speech he mentioned a decade of war is ending. his job will be to get u.s. armed forces out of afghanistan in a responsible way but to get them out. and then to look at cutting the defense budget. i think those are the two principle responsibilities that the president wants to see him fulfill. and hagel is the right man for that kind of job.
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Jan 24, 2013 6:00pm PST
follow through on it. so, barack obama said he's never going to go after our guns. that's what he said, he made that promise. why would he do that now? that's what he's doing. >> well, he can't, you know, he can't get rid of everyone's guns because the supreme court case, d.c. versus heller established the right to bear arms as an individual right. so, that's a given. >> sean: but he's trying, the point is he's trying to. >> but the constitution protects the right to bear arms. what this law is trying to do and it recognized the constitution, what does it do? it exempt about 20 to 50 different kinds of guns and i understand that, and one point before we start the debate. here is what i don't understand. this -- the people are weaponizing themselves historically because-- historically go back to the beginning of the constitution, it was to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. now with government getting more powerful and people weaponize themselves, what's happening at the same time more of our tax dollars going to help the government more powerful. somebody has to puzzle
Jan 20, 2013 8:00am PST
luther king holiday. and so barack obama officially begins his second term as president of the united states. a ceremony to be repeated tomorrow as we said for the public in front of the u.s. capitol. it is supposed to be partly cloudy tomorrow with a high temperature of around 40 degrees. so not quite as pleasant as it is today. we'll have full coverage of today's events and look ahead to tomorrow's celebrations tonight on the "nbc nightly news." and then, of course, tomorrow morning, the full crew from the "today" show will be here. i i wiwill be joining brian wils for full coverage. our broadcast starts tomorrow at 10:00 eastern time. for now, i'm lester holt in washington. have a good afternoon, everyone. >>> when will they take your job? m.i.t.'s andrew mcafee, leah busque and doug leeds. this week on "press: here." >> good morning, everyone. the number of manufacturing jobs here in the united states has been in a freefall for quite some time. politicians tut-tut, unions scream about foreign competition. our factories are making more stuff than ever. it's just happening with fewe
Jan 18, 2013 11:00pm PST
that the incredible number of racial minorities who turned out did so for barack obama. they didn't do so just for the democratic party. so i still think the democratic party at the moment has to rely upon the incredible personality of the individual candidacies before they can even get to the part of where they talk about a party agenda. >> john nichols, an interesting development today. the administration has announced that its transitioning its campaign apparatus into a tax exempt group called organizing for action. that's the new name for what was once called obama for america. the goal, according to politico, is to play an active role in support of the president's agenda. >> the president has the most exciting campaign apparatus ever built. it's time to turn that loose. it's time to turn that loose for something more than just an election, right? if the nra has got a list, then obama for america has a bigger list. >> i'm not sure what they think of that at the dnc, that all of a sudden this entity is going to have perpetual life. >> let's be really clear about this. the dnc is always an e
Jan 21, 2013 11:15pm EST
might give us pause. so what does history project about a second term for barack obama? where he reelect it was so few president having success at that time in office. what are the challenges that face those who had trouble or failed second term and what allowed others to succeed and can barack obama overcome these challenges if he's reelected to become a member of the select group of presidents that waited through the quagmire of the second term and somehow came through relatively unscathed. success in the second term does not imply there were not failures are significant stumbles. some even severe during my tenure. that do not impact how to be the fulfillment of a significant number of the following measures of success. first, the president must provide defense against foreign or domestic dress. secondly, the president must retain or expand economic, political or social opportunity. this becomes the primary challenge if the nation feel secured from military threat. third, the president must effectively lead congress since the nation began with the perennial conflict between the executi
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Jan 28, 2013 10:00pm PST
some provisions that are not so inspiring. suppose that barack obama really wasn't a natural-born citizen. so what. >> that's exactly how liberals view the constitution in this day and age. when it stands in the way of the implementation of their left-wing agenda -- so what? just ignore it. it's the constitution that gives cbs news and the good professor the right to spew this nonsense in the first place. so instead of trashing the document, maybe the network, maybe the professor should simply say, thank you. that's all the time we have left this evening. as always, thank you for being with us. the news continues. greta's next to go "on the record." we'll see you back here tomorrow night. >> the president is targeting no me now. the president said this, one of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. if a republican member of congress is not punished on fox news or by rush limbaugh on working on a bill of common interest, you will see more of them doing. >> it if fox news and i are the only thing keeping the republicans from caving to barack obama on
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Jan 9, 2013 10:00am PST
action so barack obama wouldn't need the congress to push through whatever he would do by executive action. but the second amendment happens to be an amendment to the u.s. constitution, so it's tough to mess with that via executive action and there are political risks to the president in doing anything without the congress. you know, he could blame others and say it wasn't just me, i had a bipartisan majority with me on this. >> well, look, there are things -- we have a lot of gun laws in the united states. a lot of them are not rigorously enforced. atf turned into something of a paper tiger. there can be things from an existing law standpoint, how things are, tightened down. and if the president starts issuing executive orders and doing things relates to firearms, what will happen, he will further polarize the discussion and the likelihood of anything happening grows more and more remote and they think congress-- the imagine moment when people were awake to the sort of epidemic of mass shootings, and we have a lower murder rate, but we've seen this incredible spike in these mass sh
Jan 21, 2013 7:00pm PST
in just a moment, but first this report. >> this is the day he fought so hard for. president barack obama begins his second term and gets another chance to change america. >> i swear i will faithfully execute -- >> it was a smaller crowd than the last time he took the oath of office, but he tried to inspire. >> you and i as citizens have the obligation to shape the debate of our time not only with the votes we cast but with the voices we live in defense of our most ancient values and injuring ideas. -- answering ideas. >> he believes he needs to get the american people involved if he has any chance. from climate change to the tax code, immigration to education, he promised reform. >> we will support democracy from the americas to the middle east because our interests compel us on behalf of those who long for freedom. >> every word was meant to reinforce his aggressive agenda. >> our agenda is not complete until are gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are created equal, the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> although racial eq
Jan 22, 2013 11:00pm PST
of previous presidents are in his head. harry truman read a lot of history, teddy roosevelt and so does barack obama and i think that's a really helpful thing. what history will tell you even though there is this second term curse idea, there's no great historic president without a second term. it's a huge opportunity because the country has already legitimized what you did in the first term as complicated as it might be during the recession. they wanted you back again. and now you've got a chance to build the base for the future. i mean ronald reagan built an electoral base that lasted for decades so did fdr. if he was able to have a democrat follow him four years from now then maybe the idea that government can be hipful to people, go back to what bob carry said that whole idea what we can do with collective action has returned because we've spent a couple decades with 9 idea that government was the enemy. that would be a big shift if that's possible. the only other thing i would say i think he needs to think about the economy even if it's beginning to recover there's still a problem for the
Jan 18, 2013 3:00pm PST
president is running again. so if barack obama wants to extend -- which is very difficult, have three democratic presidents in a row, it is all going to depend on his success in governing and leading the country. if he is success, and comes out as a very popular president who has achieved something, then there's an excellent chance that the democrats are capture another term in the white house. if he doesn't. if he leaves as a failed president like george w. bush, then we'll get a change in party power in 2016 and this is true regardless of the identity of the democratic nominee. i think barack obama would very much like to be one of those rare presidents who passes on his success to another candidate of his own party. that doesn't happen very often. it happened with reagan and bush, and before that you have to go back to roosevelt and truman. >> michael: yeah, i agree with you, i just sort of see his relationship with biden as hilary as compelling political theater. what does it matter what happens on monday? who is paying at attention? who really cares? and it i
Jan 21, 2013 11:15am EST
does history predicted about a second term for barack obama lacks were he reelected with so few presidents having success at that time in office. what are the challenges that face those who have trouble or failed second terms, and what about others to succeed? and ken barack obama overcome these challenges if he is reelected to become a member of that select group of presidents that waded through the quagmires of second terms come and somehow came through relatively unscathed? success in a second term does not imply that there were not failures, or significant stumbles. some even severe during that tenure. but the net impact of that time in office had to be the fulfillment of a significant number of the following measures of success. first, the president must provide defense against foreign or domestic threat. secondly, the president must retain or expand economic, political and/or social opportunities. this becomes the primary challenge that the nation feels secure from military threats. third, the president must be effectively lead congress. since the nation began, there's bee
Jan 21, 2013 12:00am PST
, for you three because you've been so instrumental really in getting barack obama to where he is. he is now got the luxury of a second term. what does that bring him? start with you, david. what would you love to see his legacy end up being after four more years? >> i think the legacy he's after, the legacy we're all working for is to revitalize this economy and the country in such a way that there's new vitality that american compact saying if you work hard you can get ahead. you can count on your kids doing better than you. this is sort of fundamental to our country and under assault for a long time and ran in 2008 to try to rectify that. we went through a big crisis. now we have a little momentum. we have to build on that but we have to build the structure for a future economy in which the middle class can thrive and people work the way. >> up. >> jim, what people say to me about the president, people on the street wondering around washington, a lot of goodwill for him. i think the general feeling is done an okay job but not great. not going down yet as a great president because people a
Jan 21, 2013 3:00am EST
on where barack obama has taken it so far. very interesting. perhaps leading from the back as he said in certain cases rather than from the front. i think the days of america having to be the global policeman should be over. what else do you see as priorities? >> immigration reform. the president feels strongly about we'll tackle this year. everyone out there understands our system is broken. and we need some fundamental restructuring of it. right thing to do. there's common sense agreement out in the states on how to do it. people putting politics aside. i think you will see the president in the second term work passionately across party lines on education to make the k-12 system the best in the world like the university system is. you hit the biggest one, that's the economy. we have to continue to take the steps -- >> does everything flow from the economy? >> absolutely. >> as a government -- >> talks about education, it is axiomatic to be competitive in the world, we have to do a better job on education. we have to control our energy in the future and we've got to develop new sourc
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Jan 21, 2013 5:00pm PST
americans remains so. personally, personally barack obama very popular. i think his personal rate is around 59%. job approval 52. how can this country in the space of, what, almost 30 years, change so dramatically in our philosophy? >> well, first of all, obama today did say that it's a fiction to believe that government alone can solve all of the problems. so he is taking somewhat of a middle course now. if you look at that speech, i mean, it's an odd speech he just threw out things. there is kind of no coherent plan and, again, i think the missed opportunity was to say to the american public and the world, look, this is where i'm going. this is what matters. one, two, three. these are the things i'm going to do. and there was a scatter shot approach. and i think a lot of the speech was unnecessarily vague. >> you didn't answer my question. i know it's a little bit of an esoteric nation. how county nation change in less than 30 years where we are rornld reagan becomes icon into what we have now which is 1 will 0 degrees opposite? what changed? >> i think part of this and looking at preside
Jan 21, 2013 2:00am PST
god. >> president barack obama: so help me god. >> reporter: pomp and circumstance, one swearing in down and three to gand vice presidenbiden sworn inat his residence, by sonia sotomayor. and they'll be laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown, less than three hours from now it will be the president's turn at the white house, in the blue room. the constitution says he needs to be sworn in by noon, january 20th and when it falls on a sunday it happens here within the ceremonial swearing-in, happening tomorrow at the capital for both the president and vice president, and we are told the president has been through several drafts of the inaugural address and, two big themes, coming together on divisive issues and a call to action for the american people to stay engaged in the political process and, he will not get into policy details and will save it for his state of the union address which comes next month, on capitol hill. you know the president has taken a much more aggressive tone on issues like gun control, immigration reform but there are leftover issues, such as the stubborn
Jan 20, 2013 11:00pm PST
on sunday? all the details coming up. >> the u.s. president barack obama has been sworn in for a second term. the start of a four-year battle on guns, immigration, and the economy. >> hope you do dog? -- so help you god? >> barack obama and his immediate family, a few words, and that was it. president joe biden will -- vice president joe biden will do it tomorrow. here to see the swearing in, a chance for the president to rally the country, because experts say he needs to get americans involved if he has any chance of getting his way. >> he needs to target red states. he needs to target some of these senators out there who could be moved on some of these issues. it could be a brilliant plan if barack obama and execute it properly. >> i hope he turns the country around. gets the economy back on solid ground. and move the progressive agenda floor. >> we have to get the economy going. to many people are unemployed. >> gun control, immigration reform, and deficit reduction. >> monday happens to be a federal holiday in the u.s.. >> what is memorable about this inauguration, it comes on martin lut
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Jan 27, 2013 12:30pm PST
for barack obama on monday taking ceremonial oath of office for second term it was a big day for the media as well. jim, we had cnn's jim saying he had to pinch himself. al roker screaming to get the president's attention. what happened to reporting? >> don't forget chris matthews comparing it to the gettysburg address. i think that noah rothman summarized it very well. he said this is a tale of two inaugurals. in 2005, which is to say bush 43 second inaugural smead i can't sneers in 2013. media cheers. he could be alluding to the endless discussion of how great mrs. obama was dressing and kids and so on. how this was great. in contrast to the 2005 inaugural just 8 short years ago when the discussion was any money spent on the inaugural washo coming at the expense of the poor. when unemployment was a couple points lower than it is now. meanwhile the iraq war, et cetera, et cetera. mr. rothman completely nailed the sense of bias, i salute him in his efforts here. >> what about that kirsten? do reporters not have memories? [ laughter ] >> that's a loaded question. no, i think there is a litt
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